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Quotes

Death is the veil which those who live call life;
They sleep, and it is lifted.

This quote is often referenced as a "great line" about death in Romantic literature.

When soul meets soul on lovers' lips.

This is possibly the most famous quote from the drama. It has been referenced in everything from literature to greeting cards and captures the truly romantic nature of Shelley's work.

To suffer woes which Hope thinks infinite;
To forgive wrongs darker than death or night;
To defy power which seems omnipotent;
To love, and bear; to hope till Hope creates
From its own wreck the thing it contemplates

Life may change, but it may fly not;
Hope may vanish, but can die not;
Truth be veiled, but still it burneth;
Love repulsed—but it returneth.

Many famous quotes from Prometheus Unbound involve the concept of hope. This excerpt ponders the power of hope to create what one desires, even when the odds seem impossible to beat. Specifically, it considers how Prometheus's hope might overcome Jupiter's condemnation.

The second stanza also explores the undying nature of hope, life, truth, and love. This is an incredibly common notion in Shelley’s work, as well as Romantic literature as a whole. No matter how dire one’s situation may be (like Prometheus), truth, love, and hope will outlast all hardship in some way or another.

All spirits are enslaved which serve things evil.

This famous quote posits that no spirit (or person, creature, etc.) can be free when it works to accomplish evil or immoral things. While it is specifically used in reference to characters from this drama, this quote can easily apply to many other topics, from other literary works to history to current events.

Whatever talents a person may possess to amuse and instruct others, be they ever so inconsiderable, he is yet bound to exert them: if his attempt be ineffectual, let the punishment of an...

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